A human rights lawyer who was raped and impregnated as a child by her stepdad is suing her former boarding school for “not spotting signs of abuse”.
Kim Fawcett, now 30, was just 13 when her mum’s vile partner raped her and 14 when she realised she was pregnant.
Ms Fawcett claims schoolfriends at Ellesmere College, in Shropshire, showed teachers explicit sexual messages sent from her stepdad Robert Stuart McClelland.
Eventually, they encouraged her to tell the police and McClelland was arrested and convicted of his hideous crimes.
But according to Kim, the school “failed to keep her safe”, despite also being aware she was self harming as a coping mechanism.
Ms Fawcett is suing the school for negligence, neglect and breach of duty.
Ellesmere College say they have found “nothing to support her claim” in a review.
McClelland was convicted of indecent assault and sexual intercourse with a girl under 16 at Chester Crown Court.
The 57-year-old was sent to prison for six years in 2004 and placed on the sex offenders register but only served two years of his sentence.
The abuse Ms Fawcett suffered as a child mentally and physically scared her right up to the present day.
She now lives in Bristol but has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has set up a support group.
Ms Fawcett claims the teachers had “explicit knowledge” of the messages she received from McClelland, as well as being aware of her self harming, according to The Times.
“None of these concerns were reported to social services. Had the college reported McClelland to social services, the abuse would have stopped in June 2002 instead of June 2003,” she told the BBC.
The school’s headmaster, Brendan Wignall, told The Times he was “appalled” by the abuse but was “completely unaware of what had been happening to her”, and apologised that she felt she had been let down by the school.
He apologised and said: “We are very sorry…but we can genuinely find nothing to support her claim and therefore have no option but to resist it.”
The vile paedophile met her mum on an internet dating website after her relationship with Ms Fawcett’s dad ended.
Speaking to the MailOnline in December last year, she said that after she was raped by her stepdad for the first time, he showed off about it with his collegues.
He got her drunk after they had been driving together, he took her back to his house and assaulted her.
She after the first rape he scratched the date onto a bottle as a ‘trophy’.
She said: “He asked me to sit on his lap and started touching me. I was really confused as to why he was doing this as I really liked him. I froze still. He kept putting my hands on him and trying to kiss me. I just couldn’t move.”
As well as later discovering she was pregnant, Ms Fawcett also found out she had a sexually transmitted disease.
She then had to endure an abortion.
The Mirror has contacted Ellesmere College for comment.
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